The eighth round of the AMA Supercross West Regional 250SX championship was hosted in front of 55,407 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, which was one of the muddiest races we’ve seen in a long time. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Aaron Plessinger, who hails from Ohio and is a former GNCC racer, claimed his fourth victory of the season in the shortened eight-minute-plus-one-lap main event.
“That was fun,” Plessinger said. “That was a sick race; it reminded me of a lot of GNCCs, so it was good to get out there and have some fun and rip some ruts. There were times where the ruts were 2 feet deep, and you just had to pick a good line. I knew I could do it here. I love Seattle. I love all these fans here; they make it exciting.”
GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton put in a career-best second-place finish on his CRF250R in the Seattle mud and sits in fifth place in the championship standings.
“The track was pretty gnarly,” Sexton said. “I thought it was actually better in the main than the heat race, but it was a new experience for me because it was my first time riding a supercross track in the mud. I got a good start in the main and just tried not to fall. That was the key thing tonight.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo had to qualify through the Last Chance Qualifier and came around the first turn in 10th place in the main. He was able to pass seven riders to round out the podium in third place. Cianciarulo now sits second in the point standings.
“Tonight in Seattle went a lot better than expected,” Cianciarulo said. “I made an amateur mistake in the heat race and overheated my clutch, which eliminated me from the heat. From there it was all hands on deck because we had to turn around and race the LCQ, which we won, then turn around again and line up for the main event. This Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is the best. Overall, it was a good weekend because we got on the box and I am leaving healthy.”